Grape(s): Pinot Noir
Localization: Pommard, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
Tasting Notes: The 2014 Pommard 1er Cru Epenots has great volume and panache on the nose, extremely pure and refined with subtle woodland and cold stone notes permeating that black cherry and boysenberry fruit. With time, there are attractive floral aromas, almost like a Volnay. The palate is fleshy on the entry and quite grippy in the mouth; it is surprisingly rich and again, Volnay in style, with great precision on the finish. This is another excellent Pommard from Nicolas Rossignol.
94 Points Burghound: Once again the wood treatment isn't subtle though it thankfully does not dominate the gorgeously complex aromas of plum, violet, earth, sandalwood, and discreet spice nuances. There is flat-out amazing concentration to the velvety medium-bodied flavors that possess seemingly endless reserves of dry extract that once again serve to buffer the moderately firm supporting tannins that shape the incredibly persistent finale. As the description confirms this is a seriously good Epenots and one that is only going to get better and better with time in bottle. If you can find it, buy it.
The Domain: Nicolas Rossignol was born in 1974, the 5th generation of winegrowers in Volnay. He makes the vinifications since 1994 on the family estate ROSSIGNOL-JEANNIARD.
After studies in high school of wine making in beaune, Nicolas practices on different estates like Domaine JOSEPH VOILLOT in Volnay, Domaine LOUIS LATOUR in Ardèche or Domaine du VIEUX TELEGRAPHE in Châteauneuf du Pape.
Also in South Africa at BOSCHENDAL in 1995 and then in Bordeaux at Château LA CARDONNE manage by Château LAFITE ROTHCHILD.
In 1997, he created his own estate with 3 ha on the village of Volnay, Pommard, Beaune, Aloxe-Corton et Pernand-Vergelesses.
In 1998, the size in total is about 16 ha.
In 2005, some news appellations arrive with Savigny-les-Beaune 1ers Cru Fourneaux and Lavières and also Beaune 1er Cru Clos du Roy.
In 2011, only one label « Domaine Nicolas Rossignol » with 30 different appellations in total. The vineyard moved to Beaune for more space.
In 2014 another 1.5 ha on Pommard 1er Cru and Pommard increase the production of the estate.
For 2016, Nicolas is planning to build a new winery to continue to produce good wine. The estate is about 17 ha today.